Areas of expertise
Contemporary British Theatre, British Theatre History, Theatre Studies, Producing, Directing, Shakespeare, Acting
London Theatre: Context and Connection, Theatre Business in London
Jay Paul Skelton has written, produced, or directed over 125 productions in London, Edinburgh, New York, Chicago and Boston. His most recent directing credits include Little Man and His Wife at Canal Café, Mankind featuring the Epiphoni Consort at St Peters Vauxhall, and productions for the Camden Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and International Youth Arts Festival. He also served as Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (US) from 2005-2012. He currently lectures on a range of theory- and practice-based courses at Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, Kingston University and the University of Notre Dame in London.
Skelton received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and both his MA in Classical Theatre and practice-as-research PhD from Kingston University. His research focuses on creating a rehearsal and performance methodology specifically for classical text, integrating Stanislavsky’s improvisational practice called ‘Active Analysis’ with Viewpoints, a movement technique first articulated by dancer and choreographer Mary Overlie, then adapted by directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau.
'Notes from the Rehearsal Room: Casting People of Color in Shakespeare' Article, Borrowers and Lenders: Volume IV:I, Fall/Winter 2009